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Pre-travel COVID tests for arrivals lifted from April 1

Dear readers,

Would you like to hear a good news this weekend? I have one for you.

On March 18 the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced that it will discontinue the requirement that visitors pass a pre-travel COVID-19 test, from Apr 1. Testing on arrival will continue.

The news came from CCSA spokesman, reported in the Bangkok Post.

The pre-travel tests will end for all travelers, arriving by Test & Go, Sandbox or quarantine channels.

Visitors entering through Test Go or Sandbox programmes will be given an RT-PCR test (on arrival). The self-test has to be done on day 5 after arrival, monitored at their hotel.

For visitors under the Sandbox programme, they will stay five days in the arrival area (remember it used to be two weeks, then seven days - so it is improving). For those coming under the quarantine scheme, the isolation will last five days and will undergo an RT-PCR test on day four of five after arrival.

For the time beig, the COVID-19 insurance coverage (of at least USD 20'000) remains mandatory but discussions are ongoing. It will likely be reduced again, if not removed at all.

Probably less relevant to international travelers but for our Thai friends: from April 1, people will be able to come to Phuket by land through Satun province.

Arrivals by sea through Surat Thani ports is also on the list.

Coming by air with domestic flights? In addition to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Krabi, Samui, Chian Mai, Hat Yai will be added.

Time to book your trip!

Have a good weekend.

The Diving Bear

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